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General reading strategies

Critical Reading

Summary - Pre-reading section


In the pre-reading section you have learned the importance of understanding a number of aspects about the article BEFORE YOU START READING IT IN DETAIL:

  • the context of the article you are reading
  • the author's purpose in writing the article
  • your own purpose in reading it.

You also learned how to improve your reading efficiency by practising the pre-reading strategies of predicting, skimming and scanning.

The next section, General Reading Strategies, will help you to understand the structure of a research article as well as the purpose and structure of individual sections such as introduction, methods, results and discussion. You will practise reordering different stages of the article and learn how the argument develops throughout the text.